Journalist Sue Inglish chosen to chair Disasters Emergency Committee

In a 30-year career in broadcasting, Inglish has worked at the BBC, ITN and Channel 4 News, and chairs the charity the International News Safety Institute

Sue Inglish
Sue Inglish

The broadcast journalist Sue Inglish has been appointed chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Karen Brown, former chair of Oxfam, was due to take up the position in March but withdrew from the role and stood down as a DEC trustee after news of the Oxfam safeguarding scandal broke in February.

Clive Jones, who has been chair of the DEC for the past seven years, agreed to continue in post after Brown pulled out and will hand the role to Inglish in November after an induction period that begins this month.

A statement today from the DEC, which launches joint appeals on behalf of 13 major aid charities for humanitarian crises, said Inglish had 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism.

She spent 13 years until 2015 at the BBC, working as head of political programmes, analysis and research, and also spent 13 years at ITN in roles including foreign editor and deputy editor of Channel 4 News.

Inglish is chair of the International News Safety Institute, a charity that champions the safety of journalists worldwide, a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, a public body that supports democracy, and chair of the Royal Television Society’s Television Journalism Awards.

Inglish, who has been appointed for an initial three-year term with the possibility of another three years, said in a statement: "When major disasters strike around the world, the British public have shown their enormous generosity time and again by supporting the efforts of the Disasters Emergency Committee to alleviate suffering. It is a great privilege to be asked to play a part in this vital work."

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said: "Sue’s vision and commitment, together with her wealth of experience in journalism and broadcast media, will help the DEC further build its long-established and trusted reputation for rapidly mobilising the UK public to so generously respond to the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

"We are all looking forward to working with Sue and I am very pleased to welcome her as our new chair."

- The story originally said Inglish had been appointed for an initial two-year term with the possibility of a further 12 months.

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